Top 10 Biggest Cities in Ghana by Population

Ghana is one of the popular countries in Africa with Accra the capital. The country is located in West Africa along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean.

On land, it borders three countries; Burkina Faso, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire. The country has a total land area of 238,533 sq kilometres. The country is made up of 16 administrative regions.

Ghana has experienced rapid urbanization in the last few decades, a phenomenon that has lead to the rapid growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). As of 2019, Ghana has an estimated population of  30,096,970. The population of towns and cities in Ghana has also doubled.

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In this article, we’ll look at the top 10 most populated cities in Ghana. The biggest city in Ghana is Accra, however, it is the smallest by landmass.

Top 10 Biggest Cities in Ghana by Population

Below is the list of the top 10 most populated cities in Ghana. Find which city or town makes the list.

1. Accra

The Greater Accra might be the smallest region by landmass in Ghana occupying just 3,245 square kilometres. However, it’s the most populated with a total population of 2,291,352.

Accra is the Greater Accra Region’s economic and administrative hub, with its central business district containing banks, department stores, and Ghana’s government administrative offices.

2. Kumasi

Kumasi is a city in the Ashanti Region and is one of the largest metropolitan regions in Ghana. The city has an estimated population of about 2,069,350. Kumasi is also the commercial, industrial, and cultural capital of Asanteman.

Kumasi is alternatively known as “The Garden City” because of its many beautiful species of flowers and plants. It is also called Oseikrom. The city came to prominence in 1695 when it became the capital of the Ashanti Confederacy under the Ashanti ruler Osei Tutu. It is home to Fort Kumasi, the Kumasi hat museum, and the Kumasi Cultural Centre. The economy of the city is supported by the service industry, manufacturing, and mining. The main products of the city are gold, cocoa, and hardwood.

3. Tamale

The third-largest city in Ghana is Tamale with a population of 360,579. Tamale is the capital city of the Northern Region of Ghana. The northern region is the second-largest region in Ghana by landmass.

4. Sekondi-Takoradi

Sekondi-Takoradi is the 4th biggest city in Ghana with a population of about 321,221. The Urban area is comprised of a twin city Skondi and Takoradi. It is the capital of the Western region of Ghana.

Sekondi-Takoradi has an important deepwater seaport, the first in Ghana, constructed in 1928. The two cities combined in 1948. It is today unofficially called Ghana’s oil city after the discovery of oil in the Western region, attracting large numbers of immigrants from around the world. The population of the city is overwhelmingly Christian. It has beaches and an annual street carnival which are popular with tourists.

5. Ashaiman

Ashaiman is the 5th largest city in Ghana with a population of 298,841. The city is located in the Greater Accra Region of South Ghana and is the capital of Ashaiman Municipal district. Ashaiman has a not well known number of settlement population being estimated between some hundred thousands up to over one million people inhabitants according to World Gazetter.

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6. Sunyani

The 6th largest city in Ghana is Sunyani with a population of 248,496. Sunyani is the capital of Bono region formerly Brong Ahafo. Sunyani has an agricultural economy, with 48% of the population’s workforce practising agriculture, 24% working in the service sector, 15% in the commerce sector, and 13% in manufacturing industries.

The city is one of the cleanest city in Ghana. It has many hotels and restaurants. The most prominent building is Cocoa House, which dominates its skyline. Kintampo Waterfalls and Boabeng Monkey Sanctuary are only a short distance away.

7. Cape Coast

Cape Coast is a city in the Central Region of Ghana. It is situated on its south to the Gulf of Guinea. Cape Coast has a population size of about 227,269. This makes Cape Coast one of the largest city in Ghana.

8. Tema

Tema is the 8th largest city in Ghana with a population of about 155,782. The city is located east of the capital city Accra in the Greater Accra region of Ghana. Tema is nicknamed the “Harbour Town” because of its status as Ghana’s largest seaport.

9. Teshie, Greater Accra

Teshie is a coastal town in the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal district, a district in the Greater Accra Region of southeastern Ghana. Teshie is the ninth most populous settlement in Ghana, in terms of population, with a population of 144,013 people.

10. Obuasi

The 10th largest city in Ghana is Obuasi with a population of about 137,856. Obuasi is located in the Southern part of the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The mining community gives Obuasi its delicate mosaic of cultures from all over the county, the continent, and the rest of the world and hence its cosmopolitan culture. Wearing a ring of hills as its adornment, it sits quietly albeit industriously on the soil that births the single richest bullion gold bar on earth.

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